1829 50C MS (PCGS# 6154)
The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 700
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Deep, rich, olive-charcoal patina blankets both sides of this fully prooflike piece. Vibrancy to the luster is most potent when aided by a strong, direct light, which also reveals more vivid golden-blue undertones. Fully struck with razor-sharp definition, this coin would accept nothing less than a Gem rating.<br /> We know of at least one other example of this die marriage that exhibits a prooflike finish from the dies. That coin--the Heifetz-Munson Specimen (Superior, 10/89, lot 764)--has been described as a "specimen strike" in the past. While we do not believe that the present example is a proof, it is certainly high in the Condition Census for the variety.